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Maybe a month ago I bought a Progressive Dynamics converter to replace the OEM in my 2008 Bigfoot. I had a book of Electrician numbers to label the wiring. After removing the wiring I began hooking up the new DC panel/fuse board. The positive battery cable lug on the new board was located a couple inches different than the original. No matter how hard I pulled or manipulated the new board, there was no way I could get the wire on the lug. I got so frustrated I re-installed the OEM.
I called the seller, Best Converters, and asked if there was an easy way to add a few inches to that heavy battery cable. They said to use anything, even a wire nut. I asked about a heat shrink butt splice, sure that's fine. Any "best practice" ideas here? Butt splice, crimped on eyes for a bolt and nut? I'm thinking I'd rather not use a wire nut. I'm not sure of the wire gauge, probably about .250".


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It's 6 AWG.

The average crimpers don't do a good job for me so I usually solder the splice and the lugs and heat shrink anyway.

That way no question about the connections.

Hardware store probably has a butt splice that will fit if you have the crimpers large enough to do the job.


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My 1st thought, as ours is only a few feet from battery, would be replace cable with a longer one. Would also be the least restrictive to its length.
A box with stud where you could immobilize both cables.
ANL fuse or reset-able breaker would make good 'junction' to add cable. Rated higher than what might be at either end.
Last option would be nut & bolting eyes of cables together, I wouldn't, invariably will loosen. If you need to, add extra so you can zip tie the cables together, put in a box.


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I would use a butt splice to extend the wire. Preference would be to reposition something or find some slack. Or just pull new wire.

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https://www.amazon.com/Dorman-85261-6-Gauge-Butt-Connector/dp/B00A0FZW7G


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https://www.amazon.com/Z-Red-B790C-Hammer-Crimper/dp/B000M7LFKK

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I'm very interested in how you make out as I have the same camper and am considering the same mod.

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some good advice,me I,d run a new cable.

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A new cable should be easy.

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